2012 Newsletter

Durango Equine Veterinary News- Winter 2012

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased a digital radiograph system. We can now take state–of–the-art digital radiographs and can give each client a copy of their horses’ radiographs on a CD to take home. We can also easily send a copy of the radiographs via email the same day to a referral veterinarian for a 2nd opinion as needed. This system is portable and can be used at the client’s farm or at our clinic. We can now review the radiographs immediately and may be able to give you a diagnosis on the farm rather than having to take the films back to the clinic to develop and then call back at a later time. This new technology also allows us to magnify specific locations of interest or concern for superior diagnostic capabilities. We can now offer skull and stifle radiographs, as well as the lower legs. Our system is not powerful enough to take hip, pelvis, shoulders, thoracic or abdominal radiographs unless the patient is a foal. We can also image cervical vertebrae for injuries but not for a Wobbler diagnosis. Since we can now review the radio-graphs immediately on the farm, this is also a great tool for pre-purchase exams. The buyer can know immediately if there are any areas of concern that may influence his or her purchasing decision. We hope you will enjoy our new system and its expanded capabilities as much as we do.

We are excited to offer you our annual client education seminar on February 4, 2012 from 9am to 1pm. There is no charge for the seminar; we just ask you to RSVP by Wednesday February 1st so we have an idea of how many people to prepare for. The topics this year will be Geriatric Horse Supplements, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (a major cause of laminitis), Geriatric Horses, and How to Become a Veterinarian. The speakers will be our own Dr. Traci Hulse, Dr. Alana Hendrix and Dr. Talia Alexander, as well as Dr. Ken Kopp from Arenus. Every year this seminar has been a big hit with our clients with over 100 attendees. We hope you can make it!

Equine Topics:

Geriatric Horse Supplements

Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Geriatric Disease

How to Become a Veterinarian


Refreshments will be provided

RSVP by February 1st.

Sadly, the economy has taken its toll on many horse owners and their animals. As a result of high hay prices, the shutdown of equine slaughter facilities in the US, and the poor economy, many horses have suf-fered neglect and abuse. Fortunately, Sheriff Joe has an Animal Abuse and Ne-glect Division to help these poor animals. Our clinic works closely with the AZ Sher-iff’s Department in the investigation, confiscation, and rehabilitation of these starved horses. If you are interested in adopting a horse, please contact the Ari-zona Sheriff’s Department at 602-290-0930. There is an adoption fee to help defray some of the costs to save these animals. There will be 3 horses at the client seminar who will be available for adoption! The horse pictured to the right is also currently up for adoption and needs a new home.

Welcome Dr. Talia Alexander and Serena DaCastello

Dr. Talia Alexander is our intern for 2011-2012. Dr. Alexander joined our practice in June 2011 and will be here until June 2012. She graduated from the Virginia –Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2011. Dr. Alexander’s primary veterinary interests are dentistry, reproduction, lameness, and her little red-nosed pit bull name Latka. We are happy to announce that in June, Dr. Sicilia Grady will be joining us as our intern for 2012-13.

We would also like to introduce Serena DaCastello as the newest member of our team. Serena joined our practice last spring as a veterinary assistant. She primarily assists Dr. Hulse but may be seen working with any of the veterinarians on calls. Serena has owned, trained and rid-den horses all her life. She currently owns five horses.

Durango Equine Veterinary News

We have had a few changes this past year at our clinic. Debbie, our long-time employee, is engaged to be married this spring to her fiancé, Josh. Debbie is now working primarily in the office but you will still occasionally see her assist-ing the veterinarians. Dr. Kloppe is still running marathons and Dr. Hulse had knee surgery this past fall for a torn me-niscus. Dr. Hendrix is still working part-time with two little ones at home.

We now have a Facebook® Page! Please check it out and “like” us at Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic. We post many current updates on happenings in equine veterinary medicine as well as our own veterinary clinic. We also have pictures of the staff and some cases we see. We have a photo section of clients and their horses, as well as a photo sec-tion of horses that are up for adoption through the Arizona Sheriff’s Animal Abuse and Neglect Division.